Sustainability shaping up well for Arnott’s Group

The pursuit of circular packaging and net zero emissions are a continued focus for Arnott’s Group, according to its second annual Sustainability Report.

The report highlights the biscuit company’s progress and ongoing initiatives in pursuit of its sustainability targets – as outlined in 2021’s Sustainability Statement – which include achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and reducing the impact of plastic packaging ahead of the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

George Zoghbi, Arnott’s Group Chief Executive Officer, said creating a more sustainable future is critical, and that the company had not wavered from its commitments despite COVID-19 and global supply chain constraints.

“We have a responsibility, across our entire supply chain, from how we source and make our products, to how we connect with the community,” he said.

“Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do as a business, and it’s an imperative we continue to drive progress.”

Arnott’s Group last month committed to fully recyclable packing for its entire biscuit range in Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2023. The proposed transition from multi to mono-material would remove non-recyclable material from packaging, making it fully compliant with the Australian RedCycle and New Zealand Soft Plastics Recycling schemes, while removing nine tonnes of plastic from circulation each year.

In 2021, the company transitioned its Australian point-of-sale displays to 100 per cent recyclable alternatives. This involved replacing plastic clips with durable compressed paper clips and using soluble varnish instead of laminates to ensure greater recyclability of the cardboard.

The company also reported its continuing efforts to refine its waste management practices across manufacturing sites by reducing waste to landfill, diversifying recycling options, and implementing better waste infrastructure.

Simon Lowden, Arnott’s Group Chief Transformation Officer, said the business was approaching its sustainability agenda with enthusiasm.

“We have spent the past year taking stock of our processes, measuring our outputs, and working closely with the industry, our customers and our partners on emerging technologies, new materials and collective challenges,” he said.

“We have listened to the repeated calls from consumers worldwide, demanding greater accountability from companies, and we have acted.”

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